September/October 2023 Call for Submissions: The Escenses!

Let’s see what we can do with color, structure, and yarn choice to bring out some of the color effects found in nature.

Susan E. Horton Oct 5, 2022 - 3 min read

September/October 2023 Call for Submissions: The Escenses! Primary Image

Iridescent Echoes Table Mats by Marian Stubenitsky from Handwoven January/February 2015. Photo by Joe Coca

I clearly remember the first time I really noticed iridescence in weaving. Marion Stubenitsky had a project in Handwoven January/February 2015 (pictured at top), and I was involved as a tech editor. It seemed impossible at the time that mixing colors in warp and weft could create that effect. Since then, I’ve seen many other weaving projects in Handwoven and elsewhere that are iridescent. For this issue, I’m hoping we can also dip our collective shuttles into some of the other color effects found in nature: opalescence (reflecting an iridescent light) luminescence (low-temperature emission of light), and pearlescence (having a pearly luster).

Here is the issue theme:

September/October 2023: The “Escences” of Weaving

Here is your chance to explore iridescence, opalescence, luminescence, and pearlescence in weaving. All four of these characteristics can make a fabric sing with color and light. Show off your techniques for creating one or more of these effects or even other color effects whether you use structure, color placement, yarn choice, or all three to do so.

Check out the palette for the issue here.


Please note that we have changed our submission process and are also using a new submission form. We base our project selections for each issue on contributor photographs. We will review the proposals and ask for additional photographs if needed, to be sent in by mid-December 2022 for this issue. After the project-selection meeting, we will contact everyone whose project is accepted and ask that it be submitted along with the project paperwork.

Proposals for projects and articles due: 11/07/2022
Submissions in the form of photographs and article outlines due: 12/19/2022
Final submissions, including projects and paperwork, due: 02/06/23
Note: These dates have been slightly adjusted since the 2023 editorial calendar was initially published.

If you would like to get a head start on the paperwork, look here to choose the one that fits your project.

Please use our Handwoven submission form for proposals. Submission guidelines can be found here.

Please use the email address below for inquiries that won’t fit into our submission form. Please contact us and ask for a physical address to send any pieces of your proposal that cannot be emailed.

Editorial email
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Weave well,